Kristin Schwab's blog

The School of Alberta Ballet in Calgary has announced a new scholarship program for boys ages 9 and older. Up to 25 boys will be selected this spring to train in its Professional Division for free. Remaining auditions include Edmonton on April 6 and Calgary on April 13 and 14. For more information, see schoolofalbertaballet.com.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet co-artistic director Dwight Rhoden is bringing F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic The Great Gatsby to the stage. The work will premiere in Russia in October 2014 before embarking on a world tour. Though it has yet to be officially cast, the flashy trailer stars Ukrainian National Opera's Elizaveta Cheprasova as Daisy and Mariinsky Ballet's Denis Matvienko as Gatsby. And it seems to borrow a bit of drama from Baz Luhrmann's recent film adaptation. (If only Leonardo DiCaprio could dance his way into this ballet version, too.)

 

 

The whole reason we log on to Facebook or Twitter is to stay in the know about what's happening with our friends and family. But it turns out that overusing social media can actually deflate your self esteem. Studies have shown that people who spend more time on Facebook tend to have less self-worth and more frequent patterns of disordered eating.

It's news that, as a New Yorker, I am selfishly sad to report: American Ballet Theatre has announced that its The Nutcracker, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, will move to the west coast in 2015. Its last New York performance will be this December at the Brooklyn Academy of Music before it calls the Segerstom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California, "home." Ratmansky's production premiered in 2010 and received instant praise for its fine use of students and quick wit.

 

We all felt a little defeated when "Bunheads" and "Breaking Pointe" were taken off the air. But news of Starz's "Flesh and Bone" cheered us up a little. And now High Strung, a movie about a musician who meets a ballerina who "changes his world," is in the works.

Whether it's yogurt, milk or cheese, dancers usually opt for non-fat dairy products. But it turns out that cutting dairy fat to stay lean might be counterproductive. New studies suggest that people who consume whole milk products tend to weigh less than those who choose low- or non-fat ones. The reasons haven't been pinpointed, but researchers are guessing it's because full-fat dairy fills you faster while also satisfying your craving, so you ultimately consume fewer calories.

When you get sidelined by an injury, you try physical therapy, Pilates, swimming—anything that might get you back onstage ASAP. But when you return, something always seems a little different. Maybe that right knee doesn't feel as secure when you're jumping, or your left hip grips a little more during développé. It's hard not to wonder: Was there something else you should have been doing while you were out?

The Tribeca Film Festival announced the films of its 2014 World Documentary Competition yesterday. Excitingly, one of the 12 chosen is Ballet 422, the collaboration between Ellen Bar, a former New York City Ballet soloist and the company's director of media projects, and choreographer Justin Peck.

This fall, visual artist JR's The Eye of New York City Ballet, a large-scale installation for the company's annual Art Series, took social media by storm. (Just search the Instagram hashtag #NYCBArtSeries if you don't believe me.) But will he have as much success making art for the stage?

We had a hunch that when Jenifer Ringer retired earlier this month, she wasn't saying "goodbye" to dance at large. The former New York City Ballet principal (and author of Dancing Through It) will be moving to California to direct Colburn Dance Academy, a new pre-professional dance program formed by The Colburn School, a performing arts high school, and Benjamin Millepied's L.A. Dance Project.